Cosmos are relegated
Posted: 14 May 2008 Time: 17:41
Jomo Cosmos have been relegated to the National First Division following their 2-0 loss to Black Leopards at the Orkney Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Coupled with Thanda Royal Zulu FC’s 3-2 win over BidVest Wits, Ezenkosi are now four points adrift of second-bottom Leopards.
Myron Shongwe and Thabiso Hlalele scored for Lidoda Duvha, while Ezenkosi also saw striker Nkosinathi Nhleko red carded in the first half.
Leopards made the brighter start to the match and deservedly went ahead in the 18th minute when Shongwe scored with a diving header after David Makgale’s shot came back off the crossbar.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane looked the most enterprising of the Cosmos players, but unfortunately his teammates seemed to lack his urgency.
Cosmos were reduced to 10 men in the 41st minute when Nhleko received his marching orders following two consecutive studs-up tackles within seconds of each other.
The Ezenkosi received another setback seconds before the break when they found themselves two goals down after Hlalele scored with a low shot following a pass by Shongwe.
The score remained 2-0 at the break.
Although the hosts pushed men forward, Leopards held on for a crucial win that will see them avoid the automatic drop.
However, Lidoda Duvha could still have to fight to stay in the PSL via the National play-offs as they face Kaizer Chiefs in their final game of the season, while Cosmos take on Thanda Royal Zulu FC on Sunday.
Should Leopards beat Chiefs and Cosmos see off Amabhubesi, Leopards will remain in the Premiership, with Thanda going into the play-offs, along with three First Division teams.